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Rangers, Grachev Agree on Deal

2008 draftee now officially part of organization

Monday, 09.22.2008 / 2:42 PM / News
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Rangers, Grachev Agree on Deal
Evgeny Grachev played on the Rangers' prospects team at the Traverse City (Mich.) prospects tournament, including one game on the team's top line with fellow Russian Artem Anisimov.
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Evgeny Grachev.

Grachev, 18, skated in one game for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League (RUS) this past season. He also appeared in 30 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 in the Russian Division I (RUS-3), registering 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points.

Internationally, Grachev has represented Russia in several tournaments. He skated in six games with Team Russia at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships in Russia, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with two penalty minutes and a plus-three rating.

His plus-three rating tied for second on the club, and his five points tied for sixth on Russia. In addition, he tallied the game-winning goal in Russia’s preliminary round match against Canada on April 16.

The 6-4, 220-pounder appeared in four games with Russia at the 2008 Five Nations Tournament, notching two goals and two penalty minutes. In 2007, Grachev recorded five goals and four assists for nine points, along with 14 penalty minutes in eight international contests.

The Khabarovsk, Russia native was originally the Rangers’ third round choice, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.